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For a visitor to Kingston, the shopping is really all about the downtown. For a small city of just over 125,000, it's surprising to see so many interesting independents mixed in with cool chains like American Apparel, Urban Outfitters, and Lululemon (to name a few). Sure there are big boxes in the suburbs, but guaranteed, they are identical to the very same developments in your own town. Skip 'em. Take a stroll along Princess Street starting at Clergy Street headed towards the water. It's about a 30 minute walk that could last an entire day just looking in all of the unique shops Kingston has to offer!
Check out local favourites Tara Foods (natural and organic food store), Zap Records, Agent 99 (where all the girly girls shop), Made 4 You (a local art co-op with one of a kind 100% hand made items from Kingston Artists), Truggs, Heel Boy (this is the original location that spawned the Toronto Queen Street location), Blueprint (the hip place for students and cool young parents), Hatley, Chris James, The Sleepless Goat (a great place for lunch!), Rockit (skate and beyond), Sepp's Ski and Snowboard (a local institution), Rocking Horse (toys for thinking minds), James Reid Furniture (downtown for over 150 years!), Cookes Fine Foods (another old school favourite), Bagot Leather Goods, Luggage Plus at Princess and Ontario Streets has hundreds of handbags and a world class selection of leathergoods and Travel Goods........just to name a few.